The Business Manager, Agbor Business Unit, of the Benin Electricity Distribution Plc (BEDC), Mr. Curtis Nwadei has lamented the spate of vandalism of gas pipelines in the Niger Delta by militants, saying that the country’s power generation is grossly inadequate for consumption.
Putting it at just nine percent, with just an average of 300 megawatts of energy for BEDC customers in Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti States, as against 12, 000 required on the average to satisfy customers, he said Nigerians are heavily shortchanged in the sector by a myriad of problems, including bombings.
He also put the average megawatts supply to Nigeria at a mere 3, 500 megawatts in a country that needs at least 180, 000 megawatts, with 1,000 megawatts to every one million Nigerians on the average.
His words: “Currently we are not doing well in Nigeria in terms of generation because of the incessant bombing of pipelines by the militants. Apart from affecting power, it is also affecting the economy.
“Our output as a country that produces crude oil has dropped as well. If we are to go by the rule of thumb, whereby we need one thousand megawatts of energy for one million people, it therefore means we need 180, 000 megawatts for 180 million people of Nigeria. This is not possible as I speak to you. As at this morning, we are still generating 3, 500 megawatts for the entire country. Generation is at that level.
“Meanwhile transmission does not have the capacity to evacuate the entire energy generated. So whatever transmission can evacuate is what they share among the 11 Discos. BEDC allocation is just nine percent of whatever transmission can evacuate for the four states we cover. We need an average of 12, 000 megawatts of energy to satisfy our customers in the four states.
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